Eli and the Giants come out hot in South Beach
By Andrew Santoro
and the Giants would come out hot in a big game in South Florida on Monday night. On the nationally televised stage Eli Manning would have the best statistical day of his career, breaking the Giants completion percentage record previously held by quarterback, Kerry Collins.
Eli completed 87% of his attempted passes. Manning also had four touchdowns, coincidentally the same amount of incompletions he would throw. Eli however, would not be the only star to shine in the bright Monday night lights, as he threw the Giants back into the playoff conversation, with a thrilling 31-24 victory over The Dolphins.
Odell Beckham, would pencil his name into the record books yet again, having the most receptions and yards in the first 25 games of any NFL wide receiver. OBJ would also claim the second spot of most touchdowns in 25 games, with two coming on Monday night. The first being, a spectacular toe dragging end zone catch, that will surely be on every highlight reel for the next week. The Second would end up being the game winning 84 yard scamper, coming early in the 4th.
The stats and record books may not show it, but the true unsung hero would be Rashad Jennings, gaining a hard 81 yards on 22 attempts and picking up many A gap blitzes, giving Manning the time needed to put together his career day. Also preventing the Giants from becoming one dimensional would be a surprise visit from Rueben Randle. Randle snagged 5 receptions for 51 yards, a key first down and the go ahead touchdown in the first quarter.
Altogether Big Blues D was inconsistent, allowing several big pass plays and giving up two touchdown runs to Lamar Miller. Although, Big Blue’s D would hold true when it mattered most. With Landon Collins causing a fumble, recovered by JPP in the first possession of the game, leading to a Josh Brown field goal. More importantly however, The Giants D would not surrender a 4th quarter score. Something the team has struggled with the entire season.
So now the question is, will the giants continue the momentum they’ve gained in this past win when they face the undefeated, Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday, in week 15 of the NFL season? The team knows what’s on the line, the playoffs, their jobs and their legacy!